The first thing you need to know about me is that I lived in Hawaii and now I live in South Lake Tahoe. So, let’s just get that out of the way and don’t judge me for choosing to spend my professional life in some of the most beautiful places on Earth. With the advent of the internet, you can work from anywhere, right?
My roots are in Silicon Valley where I spent most of my life until 2010. I grew up in San Jose, went to an all-girl Catholic high school, received my degree in public relations and marketing at San Jose State and worked hard in communications, event planning, public relations and public affairs since I graduated in 1988.
I spent most of my professional life tied to real estate. I have worked as the Communications Director for the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, the Santa Clara County Assoc, the Santa Cruz County Assoc. and the San Mateo County Association of Realtors. I think I personally hold the sole distinction in the country as the only Communications Director to have worked in four different real estate Association’s. During that time, I raised almost a million dollars for housing related and local charities through the work I did in event planning and fundraising through the Association’s Housing Foundation’s. I also conceived and created free public Housing Fairs in each of the four counties I worked in, providing thousands of consumers with valuable information about the home buying, selling and investing process. Giving back and making a difference is baked into my genes. It’s also a great strategy for getting media attention and bringing people together for business networking. That’s what I do. I create win-win situations for people to help others, while also helping themselves.
An astrologer told me last year that communicating dominates my life. She said that once social media was created, I had found my calling. I believe that. Where else could I so easily blend my ability to connect people doing great things together, publicize events, share ideas, gather people for causes and share my adventures? It’s also been a great opportunity for me to tell my client’s stories through photos and content marketing. (Story telling is much more engaging and authentic than trying to do a hard sales job on someone.)
Authentically sharing the cool, useful, exciting and beautiful stories and products I find in the world is my gift. I work with clients to share their stories through writing, video, photos and word of mouth and put it on speed through the internet. I also train and coach people who need help in mastering the tech tools to share their stories, and motivate them, as well. I help my clients set up their presence on the internet in a variety of ways so people can find them, read their stories, understand their brand and do business with them. I enjoy working with people who know their story or brand promise, but may need help crafting it and getting it out to the world. I can confidently connect my clients to experts I know in the technology field to get them ahead of their competition.
I left the buzzing lifestyle of Los Gatos and Silicon Valley in the summer of 201o with my two children and husband to move to Kona and then in the summer of 2016, we moved to Lake Tahoe. I am able to stay connected to the most amazing and intelligent minds in social media, real estate, and technology. I traveled extensively all over the country for the past four years to learn about web marketing, social media and productivity tools and now speak at events to share my knowledge. I have designed and implemented numerous technology conferences in both Silicon Valley and Hawaii to help business owners learn and thrive. In the process, I have made connections that are invaluable.
I look forward to hearing your story and helping you share it with the world.